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In this week’s edition of Tubefilter’s Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels, US Edition, a controversial rapper makes a colorful splash on the charts, while a children’s entertainment juggernaut continues its climb toward one billion views per week. Meanwhile, news channels that had found their way into the top 50 thanks to their COVID-19 coverage now appear to be falling off.
Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes was once again the top channel of the week, both in the United States and across the globe. The children’s animation studio, based in Southern California, received 985.9 million views this week. In future weeks, Cocomelon will only need an increase of just a few percentage points to see its weekly viewership cross the one billion view mark. In total, the channel has received more than 61 billion lifetime views, more than twice as many as the #2 channel in this week’s chart, Kids Diana Show. That hub notched 618.5 million views this week to eclipse another family vlog, Like Nastya, in our US ranking. The latter channel had to settle for third, despite receiving 582.1 million weekly views.
The #4 spot went to yet another family-friendly channel, Vlad and Niki, which held onto last week’s position after receiving 435.2 million views during our chart’s most recent measurement period. The only channel in the top five not aimed at young children is WWE. The official YouTube home of World Wrestling Entertainment picked up 336.5 million views this week, good for fifth-best among American channels.
The volatile rapper Daniel Hernandez, known as Tekashi 6ix9ine or simply 6ix9ine, has been a lightning rod for controversy over the past few years, and as is often the case with contentious figures, his turns in the tabloids have often benefitted his career. Case in point: his 2020 activity on YouTube.
In February 2019, Hernandez began serving a two-year prison sentence stemming from racketeering, weapons, and drugs charges. While he was behind bars, his YouTube channel fell dormant for over a year. In April 2020, however, Hernandez returned to the headlines when he was granted an early release from prison because his asthma made him vulnerable to the coronavirus. While serving the rest of his sentence under house arrest, Hernandez released a new music video on May 8. “Gooba,” which features a bright color palette and numerous butts, received more than 100 million views in the third days following its arrival on YouTube.
Due to the success of the video, the Tekashi 6ix9ine YouTube channel was the 20th-most viewed channel in the US this week, receiving 85.5 million views over that span. That was ten times more views than what the channel received a week prior.